HR. 356 - Protecting Our Democracy Act

(Last updated August 28, 2017.)

Summary

This bill establishes in the legislative branch the National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election to examine any attempts or activities by the Russian government or other governments, persons or entities associated with such governments, or persons or entities within Russia to use electronic means to influence, interfere with, or sow distrust in elections for public office held in the United States in 2016.

Since the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller in May, 2017, the push to establish an independent congressional commission appears to have stalled. HR. 356 remains an active bill, but appears unlikely to get much further attention at this time.

Status

Introduced into the House on January 6, 2017. Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

San Diego County Co-Sponsors:

  • Susan Davis: Yes
  • Duncan Hunter: No
  • Darrell Issa: No
  • Scott Peters: Yes
  • Juan Vargas: Yes

    Republican Co-Sponsors:

    • Justin Amash (R-MI-3)
    • Walter B. Jones (R-NC-3)

    On May 17, 2017, Rep. Swalwell filed a motion to discharge. This motion, if joined by a majority of House Representatives, would allow the bill to be brought to the House floor without being reported favorably by a committee.

    San Diego County Discharge Petition Supporters:

    • Susan Davis: Yes
    • Duncan Hunter: No
    • Darrell Issa: No
    • Scott Peters: Yes
    • Juan Vargas: Yes

      As of August 28, 2017, the discharge petition has been signed by 194 Members of Congress. One House Democrat has not yet signed the discharge petition:

      One House Republican has signed the discharge petition:

      • Walter B. Jones (R-NC-3)

      Call Scripts

      Member of Congress hasn't yet co-sponsored:

      "Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling because I believe it's crucial to have an independent and bipartisan commission to investigate Russian interference in our election, so I'd like to ask _____ (MoC name) to please co-sponsor HR. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act. The integrity of our democracy must be a priority for all Americans regardless of party. Thank you."

      Member of Congress has already co-sponsored:

      "Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling to thank _____ (MoC name) for co-sponsoring HR. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act. The integrity of our democracy is of the utmost importance to all Americans regardless of party, so I'm glad I can count on _____ (MoC name) to stand up for us on that issue."

       
       

      Juan Vargas

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      Imperial County: (760) 312-9900
      DC: (202) 225-8045

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